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Phytother Res. 2014 Feb;28(2):159-66. doi: 10.1002/ptr.4963. Epub 2013 Mar 11.

Skin health promotion effects of natural beta-glucan derived from cereals and microorganisms: a review.

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Analysis and Testing Center, Hebei Normal University of Science and Technology, Qinhuangdao, Hebei, 066600, China; School of Chinese Medicine, Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong, China.


β-Glucans are natural cell wall polysaccharides found in yeast, fungi (including mushrooms), some bacteria, seaweeds and cereals. Natural β-glucans possess many health promotion effects on human health, such as anti-tumor, anti-diabetes, anti-infection, lowering blood cholesterol and immune-modulating properties. These effects have been reviewed previously. However, skin health promotion of β-glucan derived from cereals and microorganisms has received little attention. This review focuses on antioxidant activity, anti-wrinkle activity, anti-ultraviolet light, wound healing, and moisturizing effect and skin permeation absorption of β-glucan. Furthermore, applications of β-glucan in cosmetics are also discussed.


anti-UV; anti-wrinkle; antioxidant activity; moisturizing effect; skin permeation absorption; wound healing; β-glucan

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